Jigme Singye sends condolences on Baus’s death

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Lt. Jyoti Basu

Jan 18: King father Jigme Singye Wanchuk said Bhutan has lost a good friend at the sudden demise of India’s left icon Jyoti Basu.

He expressed condolences at the death of Basu in two messages to chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Basu’s son Chandan.

Expressing deep sorrow, King father described Basu’s death as “a great loss for India”, which would be “deprived of an exceptionally able and highly respected leader who dedicated his life to the service of his country and people.”

He said the loss would be deeply felt by the people of Bhutan. “Your father, whom I have known for over three decades, was a good friend to me and my country,” Jigme Singye wrote to Chandan. “My family joins me in sending our deepest condolences.”

Basu, during his 23 years of reign as chief minister in West Bengal, Basu visited Bhutan twice and had maintained a good friendship with royal family.